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No evidence marijuana raises stroke risk

6/3/20--A new study indicates that marijuana does not increase the risk of stroke. Specifically ischemic stroke, which is the most common type of stroke and is caused by a blood clot in the brain. After taking into account other factors, a connection between the risk of stroke and marijuana use could not be found, but the study can't prove that recent marijuana use does not affect the risk of stroke, only that the researchers didn't find any. Read

Heavy pot use linked to mental problems, even after quitting

4/30/20--Nearly half of people who have been or are now dependent on pot have some form of mental illness or dependence on another substance, according to a report this month in the journal Advances in Preventative Medicine. That compares with 8% of people with no history of pot dependence have mental illness or another drug or alcohol addiction. Read

Legalizing marijuana not a trigger for teen toking

7/9/19--According to a new study surveying more than 1.4 million U.S. high school students, legalizing marijuana does not encourage pot use among teenagers, and it may actually discourage them from smoking weed. And teen marijuana use actually seems to decline in states that have gone further and legalized recreational pot, researchers report online in the July 8 issue of the journal JAMA Pediatrics. Read

Medical marijuana sales slump in Maine

2/14/19--Medical marijuana sales are down in Maine for the second straight year, a decrease that some dispensary owners blame on unfair competition. They say competition from patients growing their own plants or using illegal delivery services has forced them to cut prices. Read

Teen pot use fell in states that legalized medical marijuana

2/14/19--A new study suggests that fewer teen marijuana users are in states that have adopted medical marijuana laws. States with medical marijuana laws had 1.1 percent fewer teenage pot smokers than states without such laws, researchers said. Researchers analyzed survey data gathered between 1999 through 2015 from 45 states, including more than 860,000 students. Read

Residents beg Commission to approve marijuana dispensaries

10/27/18--Some Arkansans hoping to use marijuana for medical use pleaded with the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Commission to approve dispensaries so the drug will be available. State voters approved marijuana use for certain medical conditions nearly two years ago, but no businesses have yet been approved to dispense the drug. Read

Effort to amend Oklahoma marijuana rules began before vote

9/27/18--Records show that efforts to amend OKlahoma's medical marijuana law began weeks before residents even voted on the issue. The public wasn't made aware of the potential amendments until a coalition of health professional groups held a news conference July 9. The state Board of Health then approved the amendments the next day. Read

Recreational cannabis, assisted dying plans fail

11/6/17--A pair of ballot measures aimed to legalize recreational marijuana, and allow patients with serious medical conditions to use marijuana, attracted roughly 15,000 signatures, but the measures won't go before voters in 2018. There were not enough signatures collected for the proposed ballot questions. Read

Medical marijuana won’t help most sick kids

10/23/17--A new review suggests that medical marijuana appears to hold only limited promise for sick children and teenagers, and according to study author Dr. Shane Shucheng Wong there's not enough evidence to say that medical marijuana can specifically help kids with medical conditions, such as neuropathic pain, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or Tourette's syndrome. Even though there seem to be some good uses for medical pot, doctors and families need to weigh potential negative effects in treating children and teens with marijuana, Wong noted. Read

High number of applications for Arkansas medical marijuana

9/18/17--Would-be growers and distributors of Arkansas' initial medical marijuana crop have flooded a state office building to submit applications. Agency spokesman Scott Hardin said that before noon, the office had distributed paperwork to more than 100 groups or individuals. A state commission will review applications after the names of companies and individuals have been removed, then select five growers and 32 distribution sites. Read

California gets into the weeds of pot marketing

8/30/17--One of several measures moving through the California legislature would impose restrictions on the marketing, labeling, and even the shape of pot products, in hopes of reducing its allure for those under 21. If approved, sources within the cannabis industry say it is likely to face a legal challenge as a measure that's both overbroad and places an unfair restriction of free speech rights. Companies say promotional items are being used to do more than just boost marijuana sales. They strive to also change the industry's outdated image and public perception. Read

Law firms hedge bets on marijuana being legalized nationwide

8/21/17--A number of Philadelphia-area law firms are setting up practices to serve the cannabis industry despite concerns of an uncertain future. The uncertainty comes from the apparent disconnect between state and federal laws. It remains a federal crime to possess, grow, distribute, or prescribe marijuana in any form. Read

Harwell ‘open’ to medical marijuana law in Tennessee

8/12/17--The treatment of her sister's back injury has caused Republican gubernatorial candidate Beth Harwell to reevaluate Tennessee's ban on medical marijuana. She still opposes the legalization of recreational marijuana; however, earlier this year Harwell formed a House task force to work on proposals to address opioid and prescription drug abuse in Tennessee. The panel will evaluate medical marijuana as part of that process. Read

State gauging interest in medical marijuana lab testing

8/9/17--North Dakota health officials are gauging interest among laboratories in the state in testing medical marijuana. The Health Department earlier this summer sought letters of intent from groups and businesses interested in producing or dispensing medical marijuana and it received nearly 100 responses. Health officials hope medical marijuana can be available to patients by late spring or early summer next year. Read

Maryland’s highest court rules in medical marijuana case

7/28/17--Finalists seeking licenses to grow medical marijuana in the state can defend their interests in a legal challenge over how they were chosen, Maryland's highest court ruled Friday. The Court of Appeals reversed a lower court ruling that barred the finalists from involvement in the case. Read

Collier County bans medical marijuana dispensaries, for now

7/12/17--Medicinal marijuana dispensaries will be banned from Collier County until at least the end of the year. Commissioners voted 4-1 to keep the dispensaries from opening in Collier until Dec. 31 to give the county a chance to lobby state lawmakers for more control over the number of dispensaries that could open. Read

Did medical marijuana cost a man his job?

7/5/17--Joseph Cobb III, a glass company worker, claims he was wrongfully fired for using medically prescribed marijuana to treat his chronic illness. He has filed a discrimination lawsuit against Bridgeton-based Ardagh Glass, claiming he was let go despite his "stellar work performance." Cobb is seeking compensatory and punitive damages. Read

Pennsylvania defends decision on medical marijuana permit

6/27/17--Pennsylvania health officials are standing by their decision to award a medical marijuana grower's permit to a company whose affiliate in Minnesota had two ex-executives charged with smuggling a half-million dollars' worth of the drug across state lines. Read

Texarkana prepares for medical marijuana businesses

6/28/17--Texarkana, a city in southwest Arkansas, is creating a legal structure to accommodate medical marijuana entrepreneurs who are approved for state licenses. Texarkana officials are working to establish zoning and permit rules for the medical marijuana businesses. Read

Medical marijuana contract will give LSU at least $3.4M

6/22/17--The first medical marijuana production deal struck in Louisiana is expected to bring the state's flagship university at least $3.4 million over five years. In its bid offer, the contractor agreed to pay that amount or 10 percent of gross receipts, whichever is higher, to the LSU Ag Center for permission to grow medical marijuana. Las Vegas-based GB Sciences Inc. also has agreed to a $500,000 annual contribution for research. Read

Two U.S. studies differ over effects of marijuana on drivers

6/22/17--A study by the American Journal of Public Health and another study by the Highway Loss Data Institute examined the effects of marijuana on drivers in states where it is allowed for recreational use. Both studies came to different conclusions about whether it increases risks behind the wheel. Read

Benson woman arrested after 1,100 pounds of marijuana seized

6/9/17--Border Patrol agents from the Tucson Sector's Sonoita Station have seized more than 1,100 pounds of marijuana worth more than $500,000 and arrested a Benson woman on suspicion of smuggling a controlled substance. Read

Toddler nearly dies from edible marijuana

6/2/17--Authorities in Rhode Island say a toddler nearly died from eating edible marijuana, and had been admitted to the pediatric intensive care unit at Hasbro Children's Hospital. The 2-year-old girl's grandfather was sick and had a doctor's note for medical marijuana. Police are treating it as an accident. Read

Mother arrested in Utah after daughters eat marijuana cookie

5/30/17--A mother has been arrested in Utah after two of her children shared a cookie laced with marijuana. An ambulance had taken the two girls, ages 3 and 5, to a nearby hospital after they ate the cookie, and they have since been treated and released. Read

Expanded medical marijuana law grows Georgia program

5/28/17--More than 100 new patients have received permission to use a form of medical marijuana in Georgia this month, bringing the statewide total of people using the product to more than 1800 less than three years after the state began the program. Read

Ohio Supreme Court Justice backs legalizing marijuana

5/20/17--Ohio Supreme Court Justice William O'Neill said making marijuana legal is working in Colorado and doing it in Ohio would bring hundreds of millions of dollars in sales taxes. Justice O'Neill also said he not only wants to legalize marijuana but also release all non-violent marijuana offenders from prison. Read

Investigators seize 100 pounds of marijuana on SC interstate

5/13/17--Investigators seized more than 100 pounds of marijuana during a rush-hour drug bust on an interstate highway in South Carolina. Marvin Brown, commander of the York County drug unit, said the marijuana is worth at least $100,000. Read

Rules set for North Dakota medical marijuana program

4/13/17--The Legislature on Thursday approved a set of rules to govern the use of medical marijuana in North Dakota. GOP Gov. Doug Burgum said he would sign the legislation that establishes rules for the use of marijuana — including smoking it — as medicine for people who suffer from debilitating illnesses, including terminally ill patients. Read

Bill to regulate medical marijuana advances to house floor

4/11/17--A Montana legislative committee has advanced a bill to require testing of medical marijuana, and the licensing of providers after voters passed an initiative last year to lift restrictions on the drug's distribution. The House Taxation Committee approved the measure after making 20 amendments that would, among other things, exempt small marijuana providers from the testing requirement, and change the proposed fee structure for providers. Read

The holy land of medical marijuana

4/11/17--As countries wrestle with the legal status of marijuana, Israel is carving a place for medical cannabis research, partly fueled by the world's highest percentage of financial resources devoted to research. It was among the first countries to legalize medical marijuana, while remaining illegal for recreational use, and is one of just three countries with a government-sponsored cannabis program. Read

Ruling overturns law banning medical marijuana on campuses

4/6/17--An appellate court ruled that Arizona colleges and universities can prohibit medical marijuana on campuses but lawmakers can't make it a crime. The ruling struck down a 2012 decision by the Legislature to expand the off-limits list by adding college and university campuses. Read

West Virginia lawmakers send medical marijuana bill to governor

4/6/17--Lawmakers in West Virginia on Thursday passed a bill that would allow patients to use some forms of cannabis for medical needs, state records show. If signed by Democratic Governor Jim Justice, the measure would make West Virginia the 29th state to allow the medical use of cannabis products including tinctures, extracts, pills, and oils, according to the Marijuana Policy Project. Read

Thousands attend annual rally supporting marijuana use

4/1/17--Thousands of people gathered at the Diag at the University of Michigan for the 46th annual Hash Bash to celebrate marijuana. The Ann Arbor News reports that attorney and activist Jeffrey Hank released a pair of white doves Saturday as symbols of the fight to legalize pot. Read

Tennessee blocking cities’ push to ease marijuana punishment

3/29/17--Tennessee's Republican Legislature is blocking the ease of criminal punishment for marijuana possession in Nashville and Memphis. Tennessee lawmakers have agreed to bar cities from issuing civil citations for marijuana possession. The ban would fall in line with proposals by the Trump administration to step up enforcement of federal law against recreational marijuana. Read

Vermont House to vote on marijuana bill

3/26/17--House lawmakers in Vermont are expected to vote on a measure to legalize the use and possession of small amounts of marijuana for adults. The bill would make it legal for adults to possess up to one ounce of pot and two plants under the measure, but does not create a regulatory system for selling and taxing pot. Read

Arkansas Commission approves medical marijuana rules

2/22/17--Arkansas' Medical Marijuana Commission has approved a final set of rules on how businesses can cultivate and sell the drug. Lawmakers and Gov. Asa Hutchinson removed a requirement in the voter-approved Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment that physicians certify "the potential benefits of the medical use of marijuana would likely outweigh the health risks for the qualifying patient." Read

Marijuana is harder than ever for younger teens to find

12/13/16--In 2016, 8th-grade and 10th-grade respondents to the large Monitoring the Future survey gave the lowest-ever indication that marijuana was easy to get if they wanted it, a question posed to the groups every year since 1992. Only 34.6 percent of 8th-grade students said it would be easy to get marijuana, down 2.4 percentage points. Of 10th graders, 64 percent said it would be easy to get, also the lowest rate ever. Read

Postal workers put marijuana at risk of theft by colleagues, audit finds

11/16/16--Some U.S. Postal Service workers are enticed by the prospect of free marijuana when the drug’s telltale odor seeps from a package. When the postal service inspector general's office looked into the handling of such packages at seven facilities across the country, it found few safeguards to prevent internal theft. The audit comes amid high-profile instances of postal workers stealing drug mail or using their positions to profit from it. Read

Fentanyl maker donates big to campaign opposing pot legalization

9/8/16--Insys Therapeutics Inc., an embattled pharmaceutical company that sells the powerful painkiller fentanyl, has donated $500,000 toward defeating a ballot initiative that would make recreational use of marijuana legal under Arizona law. Read